1522 S. Congress Ave., South Congress
While Allen's could be considered a bit touristy (you'll know it from the enormous red cowboy boot affixed to the front awning), there's nothing more fun than perusing their shelves, which are jam-packed with every style of boot imaginable. If you do decide to invest, they stock everything from shiny black Luccheses to Fryes with red leather and white stitching.
524 North Lamar Blvd., Clarksville
ByGeorge opened in Austin 1979 but in 2015 the clothing and home store came under new ownership—it's now helmed by Austin restaurateur Larry McGuire (of Josephine House, among others), and TENOVERSIX's Kristen Cole serves as creative director. There are two locations in Austin: The Clarksville ByGeorge actually combines two shops next door to one another—a women's store and a men's store. On the women's side, you'll find designers like Chloé, Marni, Yves Saint Laurent, and a good selection of bags and shoes; and on the men's, Brunello Cucinelli, Common Projects, and Levi's Vintage. The South Congress store carries clothing as well (A.P.C., FRAME, Outdoor Voices, Jenni Kayne, and more), but it's also known for it's home goods and decor, furniture, ceramics, books, and great gift-y items.
1400 S. Congress Ave., South Congress
ByGeorge opened in Austin 1979 but in 2015 the clothing and home store came under new ownership—it's now helmed by Austin restaurateur Larry McGuire (of Josephine House, among others), and TENOVERSIX's Kristen Cole, who serves as creative director. There are two locations in Austin: The Clarksville ByGeorge actually combines two shops next door to one another—a women's store and a men's store. On the women's side, you'll find designers like Chloé, Marni, Saint Laurent, and a good selection of bags and shoes; and on the men's, Brunello Cucinelli, Common Projects, and Levi's Vintage. The South Congress store carries clothing as well (A.P.C., FRAME, Outdoor Voices, Jenni Kayne, and more), but it's also known for its home goods and decor, furniture, ceramics, books, and great gift-y items.
1318 S. Congress Ave., South Congress
Just a stone’s throw from Hotel San Jose, the sprawling two-story Cove is a new kid on a much-loved block of South Congress. Here, University of Texas alum Rebecca Yanoff assembles a roster of brands “Austin women like to wear,” including Rebecca Taylor, Mara Hoffman, Sundry, and Current/Elliot in a light-filled setting accented with palm leaves. A highlight: there’s a wraparound patio with white mid-century Acapulco chairs so shoppers can socialize between fitting room deliberations.
1700B S. Congress Ave., South Congress
Along with Tex-Mex and live music, there's a big vintage scene in Austin. Aficionados will want to comb all of South Congress and South First Street, but if you're looking for a really great edit, go to Feathers. The shop, which has been open since 2005, is neatly organized, beautiful, and well-run (by two women, one of whom is a Texas native). It's worth a stop for vintage-virgins, too—the clothing and jewelry selection is very accessible, and there are always pieces here that are conveniently easy to work into an everyday, modern wardrobe.
Friends & Neighbors
2614 E. Cesar Chavez, Holly
A bungalow-turned-shop, with an attached cafe serving coffee, wine, beer, and snacks; and a teepee, wrought iron tables, and board games out back, Friends & Neighbors is as Austin (and adorable) as it sounds. Every room of Friends & Neighbors, which is still designed like a home, is a bit different. The living room has home decor, vintage clothes, and accessories; the bathroom: beauty products (including goop-approved clean brands like Olio e Osso), towels, and linens; while loungewear hangs from an armoire in the bedroom.
JM Drygoods (Closed)
215 S. Lamar St., Downtown
A store full of vacation-ready pieces you’d normally have to travel for? Shop owner Michelle Teague has you covered. Here, she stocks the leaf pine shelves full of beautiful, handmade clothing and accessories by artisans from Oaxaca. Not to be missed are a few of her other travel finds: packable canvas hats, linen spray from Coqui Coqui, handmade incense from the Yucatan, and a striped hammock from Brazil.
624 N. Lamar Blvd., Downtown
Wendi Koletar knows a thing or two about what Austin women want to be wearing. For more than a decade, the Texas native’s unerring edit has made way for wearable, up-and-coming labels like Jesse Kamm, Demylee, and Apiece Apart presented in a raw, light-filled space. She takes particular (and well-deserved) pride in her shoe selection—look for mules by Mari Giudicelli, Chelsea boots by Common Projects, and slides from Maryam Nassir Zadeh. The jewelry is a mix of earthy designs by Lizzie Fortunato and sculptural cuffs from Sophie Buhai. Kick Pleat recently opened an outpost in Houston.
913 E. Cesar Chavez St., East Cesar Chavez
Like, Friends & Neighbors, which is also on Caesar Chavez, Las Cruxes is an experiential concept shop. They have clothing and jewelry, interior decor, books, and beauty, too. What makes Las Cruxes different is that it's also part gallery, and has a somewhat eclectic mix of art objects, drawings, and paintings. Before or after you wander the space, grab a coffee at Flat Truck next door.
606 Blanco St., Clarksville
Outdoor Voices describes their Austin store (their only permanent brick-and-mortar) as "a recreation paradise and our spiritual home," which pretty much sums it up. The shop itself occupies a sweet bungalow in the sleepy Clarksville neighborhood, which means the clean, monochromatic displays of their cool-kid activewear are complemented by a white-washed fireplace and airy French doors. The community around this store is really strong, so check their social media channels for yoga classes and run clubs, which they regularly host at the store and all over the city.
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